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What Does ObamaCare Have in Common with Gun Control

October 9, 2017 by Logan Albright

If your policy is so good, why does it need to be mandatory? This is the question people have been asking about Obamacare since its inception. The question bears even more relevance today, as new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that the IRS spent $5 million of taxpayer money trying to pressure people to purchase health insurance through Obamacare exchanges.

This is kind of strange when you think about it. Obamacare was premised on the notion that everybody wants and needs health insurance. It followed this up, rather paradoxically, by legally requiring everyone to buy it (something that should be unnecessary if the premise was true.) Then, when the mandate failed to motivate enough people to sign up, the administration ran ad campaigns to drive signups. …

How the State Robs Seniors of Their Rights

October 9, 2017 by Logan Albright

We like to think that America is a nation of rights, of equal treatment under the law, a nation that respects the dignity of every individual citizen, regardless of race, color, or creed. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights enshrined these attitudes into law, and we venerate them and tell ourselves that ours is a noble and compassionate country.

Yet there are certain classes of people who effectively have no rights. They are deemed, by virtue of who they are, not to warrant the same autonomy the rest of us enjoy. Some of these are children, whose age disqualifies them from exercising the same rights as adults. …

Che It Ain’t So

October 9, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

It’s the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Today he’s memorialized on T-Shirts and posters, but how many people remember that he was actually a brutal killer?

Imperfection Is Beautiful

October 3, 2017 by Logan Albright

Striving for perfection is something we all do. This applies not only to our personal goals, our work, our hobbies, but also to the wider world we inhabit. The idea of a perfect society, one in which every conceivable problem has been solved, has a sort of natural allure, and it’s no wonder that, again and again, well-meaning dreamers have attempted to perfect something that is fundamentally flawed: the human condition.

It is widely recognized that perfection is beyond unattainable in practice, but it’s still a worthy goal, right? You would think so, but on reflection, I’m not so sure. If you pay attention to how people actually behave, you’ll find that, however much we might think perfection is desirable, we don’t really like it when we get it. …

Driverless Trucks Would Save Time, Money, and Lives

October 3, 2017 by Logan Albright

As technology brings us ever closer to driverless cars, most of the focus has been on the anticipated impact and benefit for commuters, ride-sharing services, and recreational vehicles. However, the implications for commercial traffic are perhaps even more profound.

Last week, the House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss a legal framework for allowing driverless trucking, something that, until now, has been barely considered.

As one would expect, Big Labor is steadfastly opposed to the automation of trucking, emphasizing the potential job losses for truckers. And while it’s true that it will force some change in the job market, this is hardly a reason to resist a technological development that will drastically improve the lives of the majority of Americans. …

Banning Uber Is Not About Safety

October 3, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

London is pulling licenses for Uber drivers, effectively putting thousands out of work. They claim it’s about safety, but in many of the countries where Uber is banned, taking a cab is far more dangerous.

There’s No Shortage of Teachers

September 26, 2017 by Logan Albright

How many times have you heard this? Teaching is one of the most important professions there is, but as a society, we undervalue teachers. They’re underpaid, overworked, class sizes are too large, and we’re facing a potentially crippling teacher shortage that threatens to intellectually impoverish America’s next generation of children.

It’s a common refrain among those concerned with education policy. But, like most prophesies of doom, it’s a load of hooey.

As Larry Sand, a retired teacher and head of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, points out in a recent analysis at City Journal, far from undergoing a teacher shortage, the ranks of teachers in proportion to students have been ballooning for the last half century. …

States Are Realizing It’s Stupid to Make It Hard to Earn a Living

September 26, 2017 by Logan Albright

Political change comes slowly, and it’s rare to achieve a strong enough consensus to actually effect a favorable outcome. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking on a subject I’ve spent the last five years writing about, but there is every indication that we may be nearing that point of consensus on one of the greatest job killers in America: Occupational licensure.

Eleven states have joined a coalition to tackle licensing reform, and it seems like every day there are more articles in the mainstream press pointing out the harm that results from restricting entry into the labor force. This comes on the heels of a White House report and numerous third-party studies pointing out the problems with occupational licensure and containing suggestions for ways to reform the practice. …

Make Football Fun Again

September 26, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

We just want everyone to stop talking about politics and drink beers at 1PM on a Sunday, but that may be too much to ask in 2017.

What Explains Today’s Wave of Nostalgia?

September 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

This weekend, I took in a double feature at my local cinema, consisting of the new remake of Stephen King’s It (based on a novel from 1986 and a miniseries from 1990) and the 35th anniversary showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (originally released in 1982). As I waited for the first film to start, the previews included a new Justice League movie (based on characters created well over half a century ago) and something by Steven Spielberg that appears to be little more than an homage to all of Spielberg’s films from the 80s. This year’s highest grossing blockbuster will undoubtedly be Star Wars: Episode VIII, which continues a franchise now 40 years old. …